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Album Review

The acoustic-oriented performances one hears on the show MTV Unplugged have a nice way of separating the men from the boys and the women from the girls. When artists go acoustic — or at least semi-acoustic — on that program, they can't hide behind decibels and amps or try to win you over with volume for the sake of volume. They become exposed and vulnerable, which is a good thing if they have solid material, strong vocals, and genuine talent to offer — although it isn't so good if they are lacking in those areas. Shakira, not surprisingly, emerged triumphant when she appeared on MTV Unplugged, and this 2000 release is a fine document of that appearance. Mainly performing songs from 1999's Dónde Están los Ladrones?, Shakira demonstrates that she doesn't need studio gloss to sound great. Are her studio albums full of slickness and studio gloss? Absolutely. But ultimately, the thing that does the most to enrich Dónde Están los Ladrones? and 2001's Laundry Service isn't the albums' shiny, attractive production — it is great vocals and great songwriting. "Si Te Vas," "Moscas en la Casa," "No Creo," and other Latin pop/rock gems lose nothing when Shakira unplugs; in fact, the Columbian vocalist really shines in an intimate, acoustic-oriented live setting. This more intimate environment tends to isolate the lyrics, which is certainly a plus when Shakira is performing something as poetic as the Arabic-influenced "Ojos Así." Of course, those who don't speak Spanish won't be discussing the lyrics of "Ojos Así" or any of the other tracks; this CD preceded Shakira's first English-language effort, Laundry Service, and came at a time when she was still recording in Spanish exclusively. But regardless of whether or not one understands Spanish, MTV Unplugged is an excellent live album.

Customer Reviews


FINALLY, iTunes gets Shakira's MTV Unplugged! Now they just need to get the video version! I already have the CD, so I don't need to buy this here. However, for anyone unfamiliar with this album, trust me, you NEED it, even if you're not a Shakira fan, and even if you don't speak Spanish. The music is outstanding! If you already own Shakira's CD "Donde Estan Los Ladrones", I know that its tracklist is quite similar to this CD's, but trust me, both albums are totally different experiences. "Ciega, Sordomuda" gets a Mexican feel, "Estoy Aqui" is completely revisioned, "No Creo" gets a reggaetion treatment, and "Ojos Asi" is transformed into an Arabian tribal masterpiece, dancing break and all. MTV Unplugged is a MUST for ANYONE!


iTunes, thank you! This is by far the album that paved her way into the English market. Anyone who thinks she has no talent and can't sing needs to listen to this album. She's amazing live, and she produced the entire performance herself. Absolutely the best Spanish album I've ever heard. Probably the best album Shakira's ever far ;)

Thank You!!!

For carrying this CD- This is her best Live performance ever. She does very well unplugged.


Born: February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After achieving superstardom throughout Latin America, Colombian-born Shakira became Latin pop's biggest female crossover artist since Jennifer Lopez. Noted for her aggressive, rock-influenced approach, Shakira maintained an extraordinary degree of creative control over her music, especially for a female artist; she wrote or co-wrote nearly all of her own material, and in the process gained a reputation as one of Latin music's most ambitiously poetic lyricists. When she released her first English...
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MTV Unplugged, Shakira
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Latino, Latin Pop
  • Released: Mar 02, 2000

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